Dr. James Chandler, N.D.,  Ph.D - Chandler Naturopathic Health Center
Chandler Naturopathic Health Center


Vitamin D The Sunshine Vitamin

     As summer winds down and autumn just a couple weeks away it is a good time to start thinking about the "sunshine vitamin" vitamin D.  As the days begin to get shorter and the temperature a bit cooler, we will need to manage our vitamin D levels.  Vitamin D plays a dual role, that as a fat soluble vitamin and that as a hormone.  During the fall and winter moths, especially in latitudes north of Atlanta Georgia, the sun in not at an angle that can produce vitamin D through the skin.

Carnosine, the anti-aging supplement.

Carnosine has been in the news lately withpeople like doctor Oz stating its miracle benefits. So, what is this miraclesupplement and what are the many benefits of supplementing with it?
Carnosine, or more specifically L-carnosine, isactually made of two amino acids. The combination of alanine and histidine makethis compound and is classified as a dipeptide. As an amino acid or dipeptide,l carnosine is a protein building block. Carnosine is usually made in the body,especially when we are young.

Calcium Study

     Well it has been a while since my last post.  I have enjoyed a very long vacation with my beautiful wife and partner Jann celebrating our wedding anniversary and her birthday.  We've spent time exploring the outer banks of NC from Newbern, Ocracoke, Duck and Manteo to discoveries along the way and to the mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.  Reflecting upon our travel, one can only conclude that there is a divine intelligence that not only created our world and universe but also the human spirit.

Dimethylglycine (DMG) Amino Acid in its simplest form.

     Dimethylglycine (DMG) is a derivative of glycine, which is the simplest of the amino acids.  It is the building block of many important substances including the amino acid methionine, choline, many hormones and neurotransmitters, and DNA.  Research shows DMG to be physiologically active and important to cell metabolism. 
     DMG is a safe, natural, non toxic food substance that does not build up in the body.  It is a water soluble intermediary metabolite (it has a temporary role in the cell cycle before being rapidly broken down).

The need for iodine

     A somewhat rare element, iodine is utilized by every cell of the body.  It is most concentrated in the glands of the body, especially the thyroid gland.  Large amounts are also stored in the salivary glands, breast, ovaries, gastric mucosa, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, and the ciliary body of the eye (just behind the iris).  Iodine is considered to be antibacterial, anti parasitic, antiviral (three great reasons why we used iodine tablets to purify water in the armed forces), anticancer, elevates pH, and is a mucolytic agent (expectorant).

Vitamin B-12 Could it be B-12?

     Today, I close out the discussion on B vitamins with a lookat B-12, my favorite B vitamin.  VitaminB-12, Methylcobalamin, is said to be the most “chemically complex of all of thevitamins.”  Its beautiful ruby red colorcertainly makes it the most beautiful of all of the vitamins.  It is the name of a group of essential biologicalcompounds known as cobalamins.  Thesecolalamins, similar to hemoglobin in the blood, contain cobalt instead ofiron.  There are two forms of B-12, thefirst is cyanocobalamin.

Vitamin B-11 Pteryl-hepta-glutamic acid

    Vitamin B-11 is a member of the B complex family of vitamins.  Sometimes referred to as vitamin S or S factor, B-11 is also considerate a folate (like B- 9) and is a derivative of B-9.  Folate and folic acid derive their names from theLatinwordfolium(which means "leaf"). Green leafy vegetables are a primary source of this nutrient, however, in Western diets bread and cereals fortified with folate may be a larger dietary source.  An argument can be (and has been) made that enriched sources (bread and cereal) may not provide the absorption  levels from leaf vegetables and in fact, be of no help at all.

Do you want stronger hair and nails? Vitamin B-7 may be your answer.

     Most mothers have encountered the condition called "cradle cap".  The condition is characterized by a baby's dry and scaly scalp.  Biotin deficiency maybe responsible. 
     Biotin assists in cell growth, in the production of fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9), assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, and in the utilization of other B complex vitamins.   Healthy hair and skin depend on sufficient quantities of biotin.

The "Beauty" Vitamin: PABA Vitamin B-10

     Vitamin B-10, also known as PABA (para-aminobenzoicacid) is commonly used as a skin protector against pollution and sun damage.  Its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties are essential in the growth and regulation of skin cells and in the normal pigmentation of the skin.  PABA helps protect against sunburn by reducing the absorption of ultra violet -B radiation thus, helping to prevent skin cancers.
     PABA is a constituent of folate and helps in the assimilation of pantothenic acid (B-5).

Folic Acid, The Brain Food (B-9)

     Pteroylglutamic acid (PGA), also known as folic acid, folacin, and folate (B-9), is needed for the formation of red blood cells and in the production of energy. It is a key player in strengthening immunity through aiding in the formation of and functioning of white blood cells.  B-9 is important in the healthy cell division and replication through it's coenzyme properties involved in DNA and RNA.  Folate also helps in the regulation of homocysteine levels (an amino acid that if is unregulated can lead to hardening of the arteries).
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